The Emigration Story

The years between 1875 and 1920 are recognized as an important period of emigration for Iceland because nearly 20% of the population moved West. Icelanders were emigrating in smaller numbers before this time period, and Icelander are still emigrating today. There have been many books written about this topic, there are several museums dedicated to this history, and there are documentary series describing this history. This section of the website provides an overview of this complex and meaningful part of our shared history. 

Life in Iceland and

Reasons for Emigration


Early Icelandic Settlements

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